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Audubon California secures water for Pacific Flyway’s migrating birds

November 10th, 2014 · 1 Comment · fall migration, Federal Policy, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, Water issues, Working lands conservation

Thousands of wintering migratory birds will have more water and habitat thanks to the advocacy of Audubon California and its partners. Responding to the urging of a coalition of bird and conservation groups, USDA-NRCS created the winter waterfowl initiative. This voluntary program will provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to […]

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Sandhill Crane Migration Starting in Alaska!

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Sandhill Cranes are calling in the skies over Alaska as they gather for fall migration. The Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks at the Creamer’s Field Important Bird Area is coming up 8/22-8/24. This Smithsonian Magazine article gives a great overview of Sandhill Crane migration. Share on Facebook

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Shorebirds Headed Your Way from Arctic Refuge!

August 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, fall migration, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Keep an eye out for shorebirds, such as this Semipalmated Plover. Shorebirds that nest in the Arctic Refuge are already starting their journey south! Females tend to depart first, then males, followed by juveniles about 2-4 weeks after the adults. Amazingly, the young birds undertake their first migration without adult supervision. Share on Facebook

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Care for a chat? A Yellow-breasted Chat, that is

April 27th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Birding, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Despite being a bright, colorful bird, the Yellow-breasted Chat is hardly seen because it’s very good at hiding in the low brushy habitat that it favors. Skulking and secretive are two words commonly used to describe it. But those who look carefully are rewarded with the sight of a spectacular olive and yellow wood warbler. […]

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Why couldn’t it have been named after a unicorn?

May 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, seabirds, spring migration

Yesterday, a whopping 345 Rhinoceros Auklets were seen off the coast of Santa Cruz. Named after the rhinoceros because of a ‘horn’ on the base of its bill. The function of the small appendage is unknown and it is shed every year. Unlike other seabirds, the Rhinoceros Auklet delivers food to its nest in the […]

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Purple Martins are a natural mosquito repellent

May 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Audubon at Home, How to help birds, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

It has been fun watching the Purple Martin make its way north up the Pacific Flyway from its South American winter grounds. The bird is now solidly throughout California. This deeply-hued bird is an easy one to attract to backyards and open lands during its breeding season. This bird is desirable to attract, not only […]

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North to Alaska

May 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Ever wonder where all our birds go when they head up north in spring migration? Across the U.S., millions of birds that go north for the nesting season head to Alaska. One place in particular is in the spotlight just now: the National Petroleum Reserve­–Alaska. Located on Alaska’s North Slope along the coast of the […]

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Blue Grosbeak update

May 16th, 2012 · Comments Off · Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Blue Grosbeaks have finally reached the upper edges of their range in California. Share on Facebook

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Mysterious movements of the Phainopepla

May 16th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

As we noted a few weeks ago, the spring migration of the Phainopepla is a little baffling. Between March and April, the bird will breed in the Sonoran Desert, then move more seriously into Arizona and California to breed in May and June. So, the bird kind of has two migrations and two breeding periods. […]

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Yellow-headed Blackbirds are making their presence known

May 15th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

We wrote about the first arrivals of the Yellow-headed Blackbird back in March, but we are impressed at how the sightings keep pouring in. The brightly headed bird is hard to miss and its distinctive creaky call sounds like it would be better placed in the soundtrack of a Boris Karloff movie. The bird is […]

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Luring the Cliff Swallow back to Mission San Juan Capistrano

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off · Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

The LA Times published a story on Mission San Juan Capistrano’s attempt to bring back their Cliff Swallows: In a last-ditch effort to lure back the tiny cliff swallow, Mission San Juan Capistrano is trying to win the affections of the migratory visitor by playing the bird’s mating call throughout the mission grounds. The unromantic croak […]

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Thanks to you, birds in the Klamath getting much needed water

May 14th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy, Important Bird Areas, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Back in late April, we alerted all of you to a tragedy unfolding in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Because of a shortage of water in the Refuge, thousands of migratory waterfowl were perishing on their way north for spring migration. Our alarm prompted nearly 20,000 of you to send emails to the Secretary […]

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Stickin’

May 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Birding, California Condor, Endangered Species Act, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration, Tricolored Blackbird, Yellow-billed Magpie

For the last several weeks, we’ve been talking in this space about spring migration, the great spectacle of birds moving over great distances. But during this whole period, we’ve been ever mindful of the great California birds that aren’t going anywhere this spring. Sure, they may shift locally from one place to another to set […]

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Grasshopper Sparrow threatened by loss of habitat

May 14th, 2012 · Comments Off · Audubon Watchlist, Bird conservation, How to help birds, Pacific Migration, Resources, Working lands conservation

Reports of Grasshopper Sparrows have been constant this Pacific Migration. This small sparrow does indeed eat grasshoppers, as well as other insects, seeds, and other vegetation they forage for on the ground. The Sparrow can be hard to spot because it spends so much time on the ground, but males will perch on top of […]

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Black and White Warblers making rare appearances

May 13th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration, spring migration

Although the distinctive Black and White Warbler is a summer resident of the East and Canada, it does make rare appearances in California during spring migration. It is said that a precious few actually winter here. And those lucky few who get to see them here in the Golden State, it’s quite a treat, because […]

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